Discovered 1892 Nov. 28 by A. Charlois at Nice.

Named possibly in honor of the contemporal German writer Karl May (1842-1912), well-known for his many novels dealing with adventures among the Indians of the wild West (Winnetou). May also published a lot of exciting travelogues from the Ottoman Empire. (G. Zech; LDS)

Karl May was later also honored by planet (15728).

The books of Karl May were widely distributed in many languages - partly in large editions - in central Europe. French translations appeared in journals (starting 1881) as well as in books (by Mame et Fils, Tours, since 1885).

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